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Issue Date: February 2017
February 2017 ** On our watch ** LLLAwards 2017 ** European Consumer Day
Closing Pandora's Box
Almost daily we await the next surprise to come either from the other side of the Atlantic or from our own continent: taboo-breaking seems to be the new norm amidst an atmosphere of "post-democracy" and...
Issue Date: February 2017
January 2017 - Pillar of social rights * Volunteering * New citizen's initiatives
The stability and coherence of the European Union were put to the test on several occasions in 2016. We witnessed scenes of appalling violence by groups of religious fanatics which brought fear into our societies and cast doub! t over the European Union and its Member States’ ability to deliver the...
Issue Date: December 2016
Issue Date: October 2016
The EESC very recently had the honour to welcome Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the Commission, and I was happy to hear that he recognises the need to prolong the European Investment Plan, aiming to mobilise 500 billion euros by 2020 in order to help Member States which are struggling with unemployment. Mr Juncker also emphasised the need for...
Issue Date: September 2016
State of the Union?
Although many of us have enjoyed a pleasant summer break, the political agenda remains unchanged. Despite the risks involved, people continue to flee war, misery and poverty. Up to 3000 people have already died this year in the Mediterranean Sea. The initial wave of support and welcome for refugees has become a move in a political game played between European Member States. At a time when reason should be driving political thinking and public debate, the fear factor is being fuelled by misinformation and rumours.
Issue Date: July 2016
The Europe we want, the Europe we need!
Europe has not changed over the past week, but the challenges have become clearer. A majority of the British people has expressed the wish to leave the European Union, a decision which we respect, but regret because of its negative consequences for the British people and for Europe.
Issue Date: May 2016
When Commission President Juncker talks about a "multiple crisis", he is certainly right. The question is how to overcome this crisis and how to rebuild trust in democratic institutions Low voter turnout and massive support for populist and right-wing extremists are the worrying expression of a tendency for more and more people to turn away from democracy.
Issue Date: April 2016
I have often insisted that it is high time for the EU to demonstrate its willingness and capacity to be close to European citizens and to defend social rights, particularly in times of crisis. The EESC haswarmly welcomed the invitation form the Commission President, Mr. Juncker to contribute to the establishment of a European Pillar of Social Rights, a set of principles that will support efficient and fair labour markets and welfare systems. The EESC has already prepared an ambitious work programme that aims to present an opinion for adoption in October 2016.
Issue Date: March 2016
The current State of the Union is a cause for genuine concern.
The humanitarian drama continues unabated at the borders of the European Union, where people continue to move in search of a safer, better and more promising life. The massive scale of these movements has already had huge political repercussions right across the EU and it may be legitimate to ask the provocative question of whether one can still even speak of a Union
Issue Date: February 2016
Europe: a space of freedom and prosperity for people
Over the last few weeks, political debate at European level has been focusing on ways to address the refugee crisis, including a discussion on whether or not the Schengen zone should be suspended.